Rustam Minnikhanov meets with representatives of Tatarstan metropolia of Russian Orthodox Church

10 January 2014, Friday

On January 10 Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met with representatives of Tatarstan metropolia of Russian Orthodox Church at the Administration building of Tatarstan metropolia and Kazan Eparchy. The event was held in the framework of Christmas holidays.

Rustam Minnikhanov looked around the reconstructed Administration building of Tatarstan metropolia and Kazan Eparchy. Head of Tatarstan metropolia Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Anastasy briefly told about repair and reconstruction works. With the total repaired areas of 2800 m² the complex includes temple and administrative sections, an auditorium, classrooms, living blocks for students, a kitchen and dining room.

Tatarstan President started the meeting by congratulating representatives of Tatarstan metropolia of Russian Orthodox Church on Christmas. Issues related to the role of the church in society, preservation and development of Orthodox culture, education of young people and preparation of church officers were raised at the meeting. Metropolitan of Kazan and Tatarstan Anastasy thanked Tatarstan President for his help to Kazan Theological Seminary. He also noted that today Kazan Theological Seminary ranks sixth among universities for church officers.

Then, Rustam Minnikanov and Metropolitan discussed the issue on construction of a gym for students of the Theological Seminary. Tatarstan President also offered to hold a general meeting of church officers of Tatarstan metropolia with participation of head of municipalities to discuss current issues in the near future.

Rustam Minnikhanov also reminded that all temples suffered from arson attacks over the last few months in the republic will be restored.

At the end of the meeting Rustam Minnikhanov presented Ford minivan to Tatarstan metropolia.
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